Archive for the ‘Fantasy’ Category
There are so many book awards these days. Whoever says that reading is a dying art has not explored the world of book awards! There also seem to be an increasing number of awards for YA books, which is great for us YA fiends. Here’s one that you might not know about, but which is really worth exploring: The William C. Morris Award, given by the American Library Association, honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author. Looking at the award nominees for this unique award is a great way to find authors you might not have heard of yet! Here’s the list of this year’s nominees:
Historical fiction. Set in Depression Era America, Wonder Show follows Portia Remini who is on the run from the creepy McGreavy’s Home for Wayward Girls, and on the hunt for her father.
Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo
Romance. Amelia is 15 and her grocery store coworker crush is…a little older. Set in Australia, this is a funny story of heartbreak and love and, above all, awkwardness.
Post-apocalyptic. In the year 2059 a new Ice Age took the world. Willo Blake was born into this freezing future and must search out his family after they mysteriously disappear from their mountain home.
Realistic/LGBT. The early 1990s was not a great time for the plight of LGBT teens. This fictional look at that time in history tells the memorable and moving story of gay teen Cameron as she makes her way through a gay conversion center.
Fantasy. Dragons and humans co-exist – although not in total harmony – in this cool fantasy debut. Orphan Seraphina grapples with her identity in a magical world rife with scandal and secrets.
Have you read the Mortal Instruments series? Then you should definitely read Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare! It is a fantasy book that is the first in a trilogy of prologues to Cassandra Clare’s bestselling Mortal Instruments series. It takes place in 1878 London, and follows the main character, Tessa Gray, through her adventures with the Shadowhunters (people who hunt demons) of the London Institute.
When Tessa receives a steamer ticket from New York to London from her older brother, she doesn’t expect to find out that her brother has been kidnapped by two Sorceresses called the Dark Sisters, who will kill him if she doesn’t do exactly what they tell her. Neither does she expect to uncover an incredible, yet frightening, talent, or meet the mysterious Will Herondale, who has hidden his past even from his best friend.
Clockwork Angel is an exciting mix of magic, mystery, action, suspense, and romance. It is a must-read even for those who have not read the Mortal Instruments. Enjoy!
-Reviewed by TAB member Annalise L.
Friday is the day for new books! What’s shiny and unread on the Shorewood Library shelves this week? Graphic novels!
In this stand-alone graphic novel, Doug TenNapel (author of other great graphics including Bad Island and Ghostopolis) tells us the story of Cam and his hard-up and out-of-work dad who tries to create a little magic for Cam on his birthday. Cam’s dad builds a cardboard creature that comes to life, with somewhat disastrous consequences for the entire town once bad-boy neighbor Marcus gets his wily hands on it. If you like stories involving a little adventure, a little fantasy, and a little world-saving, and stories of off-kilter villains and humble heroes, you’ll love this one.
Fantasy meets zombie invasion meets graphic novel in this unique adventure story. If you are a fan of fantasy and/or zombie fic, but not yet on board with graphic novels, start with Broxo. The title character, Broxo, is the last surviving member of a band of barbarians who spends his time avoiding the walking dead that periodically try to share his deserted mountaintop with him. When a princess comes along, she and Broxo team-up to defeat the zombie-like creatures and try to unravel the mystery of Broxo’s lost band of warriors. A fun read!
Hope Larson re-imagines A Wrinkle in Time visually, creating the world of Meg Murry we have all only seen in our imaginations. If you haven’t read A Wrinkle in Time in a while, pick this up for a really great reminder, and to discover new things about the story, too. (That said, if you’ve never read A Wrinkle in Time start with the non-graphic novel version…)
There are lots of awesome new YA books at Shorewood Library! Which should you read first? How about sequels to books you gushed over, and the first book in a new series that is totally gush-worthy, too?
In this sequel to 2011’s Shadowcry, Kate Winters finds herself being hunted by the Blackwatch and people she thought she could trust. She’s the only one who can use the magic held within the ancient text the Wintercraft, and could thus be a powerful weapon if her people could only capture her. With the help of murderous traitor Silas Dane, to whom her fate is linked, Kate must find a way to save Albion.
Shadows is the second book in the Ashes Trilogy (Ashes, the first book, came out in 2011) and holds even more heart-topping dark thrills than the first. In a post-apocalyptic world, Alex must fight for her life against the demons created from the fall of the world – both the Changed, who want to eat her alive, and the still-human survivors who don’t trust her. As with all great post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction, Bick eerily portrays a world so like our own, yet has been utterly altered in a way that seems almost feasible.
On a lighter note, check out this latest installment in Louise Rennison’s hilarious and super-Brit series about Tallulah Casey (Withering Tights is the first book about Tallulah, following on the heels of Rennison’s classic series about Georgia Nicholson). Tallulah is back for another term at Dother Hall, this time as part of the performing arts program. The school is in financial trouble, though, so not only does she have to avoid making a fool of herself while Irish dancing, be a hit in the production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and get better at snogging, but she’s got to help keep the school from closing, too! Laugh after riotous laugh is promised.
This is book one of Brennan’s new series The Lynburn Legacy, author of the Demon’s Lexicon trilogy. Kami Glass has her life pretty much held together, even though she’s in love with a boy who seems to exist only in her head (and to whom she is sometimes caught speaking aloud). But when the Lynburns return to reclaim their manor house in Kami’s tiny English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale (awesome name!), Kami is suddenly faced with questions that need answers. Including whether or not she still loves her imaginary friend now that he seems to be a real boy…
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Looking for a great book to read this summer? Try one of these:
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
A cyborg Cinderella retelling with lots of action and romance.
The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman
A strange disc in the air above his house transports Tucker on a wild adventure.
The List by Siobhan Vivian
How does making the list forever change your life?
Not a common phenomenon in most teen books, but something that can enhance a story are illustrations. Here are three great books with some wonderful illustrations.
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, art by Maira Kalman
When Min and Ed break up, she puts the mementos from their relationship in a box to return to him along with a letter that tells the story of their romance and its ultimate end. Each chapter begins with a beautiful illustration of the memento.
Winter Town by Stephen Emond
Evan, a gifted cartoonist, looks forward to seeing Lucy, his childhood best friend, every Christmas when she returns to their neighborhood to visit her father. However, this year Lucy is dramatically altered in appearance and attitude causing Evan to question the reason for the changes. Comics and other illustrations appear throughout.
The Sigh by Marjane Satrapi
A fairy tale novella about a girl who must go on a quest to save the prince she loves. Satrapi, a graphic novelist best know for Persepolis, has written and illustrated a beautiful story.
Different worlds, different time, different girls, but two amazing fantasy stories (with similar titles).
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Karou is a mystery, she’s a girl with blue hair who likes to draw monsters. Well to everyone else they’re monsters but to Karou they’re her family. While Karou is human she has been raised by a race of beings called chimaera. When a mysterious meeting with a beautiful winged creature almost causes her death, Karou wonders what is really going on in the world of the chimaera and how is she involved?
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Elisa, a princess, is also the chosen one, selected as a baby for a sacred duty. Unsure what that means for her future, Elisa must focus on the present and her arranged marriage to the king of a neighboring land. With war looming Elisa must discover her magic and her role in forming an alliance and defeating their common enemy. A stunning and complex fantasy about finding your place in the world and discovering who you are.
It all began with a balloon. Being the youngest and lightest working on the airship, Aurora, Matt Cruse was sent across the ocean thousands of feet in the air to rescue a balloon and the injured man aboard. On the Aurora the old man soon dies, seemingly going crazy. He talked of strange creatures he saw in the sky. His last words were to Matt: “I only wish Kate could have seen them.”
So begins Kenneth Oppel’s creative, other-worldly novel, Airborn.
Matt soon meets the rich Kate De Vries, a passenger on the Aurora. She is a strong, stubborn character with a passion for science and books.
She reveals to Matt one of her many secrets: She is the balloonist’s granddaughter and is determined to see the strange creatures he spoke of to Matt and wrote about so vividly in his journal
A pirate attack causes a problem with the Aurora and things are not looking good for the airship. Matt is having trouble staying loyal to both his captain and Kate.
This is an exciting and unpredictable story. As soon as circumstances seem to be getting better, there is a turn for the worst.
Airborn also demonstrates the beauty of nature and things untouched by human civilization. As Matt and Kate discover, there are places where very few have ever been and even fewer have returned from. This plants a spark of hope and imagination in reader’s minds to hear of such places as Oppel beautifully describes.
There’s a little of everything in Airborn: romance, adventure, mystery, an exciting trip to lost islands, flying pirate ships, and many other secrets in the sky.
Reviewed by Sabine, Teen Advisory Board member